Tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City.


Jon Reiss
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Credited cast:
Cope 2 Cope 2 ... Self
Kid Acne Kid Acne ... Self
Antonio Antonio ... Self
Arofish Arofish ... Self
Augor Augor ... Self
Simon Baxter Simon Baxter ... Self
Bel-Kia Bel-Kia ... Self
Asher Benrubi Asher Benrubi ... Self (as Smash)
Tats Cru Bio Tats Cru Bio ... Self
Stefano E. Bloch Stefano E. Bloch ... Self
Bob Bob ... Self
Chaz Bojorquez Chaz Bojorquez ... Self
Boleta Boleta ... Self
Chris Broms Chris Broms ... Self
Juan Zedou Bucrea Juan Zedou Bucrea ... Self


Tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City.

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The movie features a section about the history of painting graffiti on trains. The scene opens with a 3D animation of two beautiful cgi Krylon cans moving dynamically between two painted up trains speeding towards the camera. Well, the big "Secret Easter Egg" in this scene is that it was designed and animated by Beau DeSilva, an LA artist and graffiti writer who managed to slip in his own graffiti into the movie's epic scene. Look closely at the graffiti on the trains speeding by and all of the graffiti are pieces created by Beau DeSilva (SKOE) and his buddy Jon Hyman (DWELL). Although Beau DeSilva and his friend were not featured artists in the documentary, both Beau DeSilva and Jon Hyman, two very talented graffiti writers, have their graffiti pieces immortalized in the most dynamic, CGI heavy scene in the entire movie! See more »


Followed by Bomb It 2 (2010) See more »


Written by Axel Ramon Perez Gonzales & Kendall Marsh
Performed by Ghostman MC & mentalkm
Courtesy of Mental Music Productions
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Great History Lesson in Graff
17 January 2011 | by holyspiritdrivenSee all my reviews

I was pretty surprised that I just happened to find this movie at Hastings & had never heard of it & then realized it is a really legit history of Graffiti (Much like the classics Style Wars & Wild Style from the 80's). I was thrilled to see some interviews with actual legends, the founding fathers of Graff such as Taki 183 & Cornbread! It was really cool to see tagging spread from NYC and go global moving up from bubble & block letters to Wild Style and then giving rise to pieces, murals and the birth of the phenomenon of street art. I also liked the balance in this docudrama, interviews with the police and anti-graffiti advocates right along with the most gutsy & outspoken writers. I really hope this documentary does a lot to reveal the absolute beauty of street art but also discourage straight up vandalism and gang related tagging that is just ugly.

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25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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